BREAKING: Leach lands his kicker

ENTERING HIS UNOFFICIAL VISIT to Washington State, kicker Matt Abramo had the Cougs as his clear favorite. And during his two-day visit to the Palouse, Abramo saw all he needed to see to make the call. That call, of course, is that he'll play in the Pac-12 for head man Mike Leach.

Petaluma, Calif., kicker Matt Abramo is a Coug.

"I just committed," Abramo said in a text message to CF.C.

The 6-2, 170-pounder chose the Cougs over an offer from Air Force and increased interest from Cal, UCLA and South Carolina.

SO WHY DID he pull the trigger on Friday evening? Abramo said his tour of the campus, along with his conversations with the coaches, was more than enough to make him want to be a Coug.

"They have everything I really could want," Abramo told "It has a great engineering program, an amazing football program and an excellent coaching staff.

"To top it off, the facilities are unbelievable. It's a great time to be a Coug."

WSU SPECIAL TEAMS COACH Eric Russell ran the recruiting point on Abramo. The newest Coug said meeting with him and talking in person also helped seal the deal.

"I really like the fact that Coach Russell focuses solely on special teams," Abramo said. "As a kicker, that's a huge plus.

"He (Russell) seemed very excited to have me commit with the class of 2015."

ABRAMO HAS A perfect 5.0 rating in the Chris Sailer kicker rankings, and is Sailer’s No. 15 kicker prospect nationally. He also pegs him with perhaps the biggest boot in the land.

“Matt is a very talented kicker. He has perhaps the strongest leg in the nation. Hits a very nice ball off the ground. Field goals show huge potential. Kickoffs are outstanding and D1 ready. He has a bright college future. Has a great attitude and work ethic. Excellent prospect,” says Sailer.

Abramo is the 11th known verbal commit for WSU's 2015 class, joining OG Cedric Bigge-Druen, WR Dominic Davis, WR Deontay Burnett, CB Darrien Molton, LB Aaron Porter, RB James Williams, S Kameron Powell, QB Tyler Hilinski, CB Austin Joyner and DT Thomas Toki.

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